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Is gabapentin a barbiturate or benzodiazepine?
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Neither
It is an anti-seizure med.
However, it may have some effects on the gaba receptor, though this may not be it's main mechanism of action. It can be sedating, like the other 2 classes of drugs.

In brief: Neither
It is an anti-seizure med.
However, it may have some effects on the gaba receptor, though this may not be it's main mechanism of action. It can be sedating, like the other 2 classes of drugs.
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
In brief: Neither
Gabapentin works on voltage gated calcium channels to decrease release of excitatory neurotransmitters.
Barbs/benzos work on the gaba receptor increasing its inhibitory function. Interestingly, Gabapentin was designed to work on gaba but in fact has nothing to do with gaba.

In brief: Neither
Gabapentin works on voltage gated calcium channels to decrease release of excitatory neurotransmitters.
Barbs/benzos work on the gaba receptor increasing its inhibitory function. Interestingly, Gabapentin was designed to work on gaba but in fact has nothing to do with gaba.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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Dr. BUSHRA AZIZ
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: See below
It is benzo.

In brief: See below
It is benzo.
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